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Guest Post: An insider’s account of the Basmati row


[*Long Post] I am glad to introduce you all to a post written by Rajendra Kumar, Latha Nair, Ashish Kanta Singh and R. Rajalakshmi of KNS Partners, a leading IP boutique firm in India. While Rajendra Kumar, Latha Nair and Ashish Kanta Singh are partners, R. Rajalakshmi is a senior associate at the firm. KNS Partners appeared for APEDA. Latha R. Nair had written various guest posts for us in the past. Some of them can be found here, here,…

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SpicyIP Weekly Review (24th – 31st January)

Our Highlight of the Week is Shamnad Sir’s post on IP ‘expert’ courts. He draws on fascinating quotes from Judge Rifkind from 50 years ago, and also discusses the more recent critiques of Justice Diane Wood. He concludes by setting the perfect stage for more debate on the extent to which the Commercial Courts Act’s expert courts will help or hinder the ‘efficient’ and ‘fair’ dispensation of IP justice. Our first post this week was a Guest Post by Rahul…

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SpicyIP Tidbit: Announcing 3rd WTI–CWS Joint Academy on International Trade Law and Policy

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We’re happy to announce an exciting opportunity for those of our readers interested in international trade law and policy. The World Trade Institute of the University of Bern, Switzerland (WTI) and the Centre for WTO Studies at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, India (CWS) are launching the 3rd WTI–CWS Joint Academy on International Trade Law and Policy. The course will cover, inter alia, the basics of some multilateral agreements, trade remedies, investment law, and IP components of trade agreements. The Centre…

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SC admits SLP against DelHC decision in Roche v. Cipla

The Supreme Court today admitted two Special Leave Petitions [SLP (C) No. 1677-78 of 2016] by Cipla against the Delhi High Court’s ruling holding that their drug ‘Erlocip’ infringes Roche’s patent IN ‘774. Roche’s claim of infringement was upheld after a long drawn out battle which even included an elaborate mini-trial over interim relief. One of the chief controversies in this case has been whether Roche’s patent IN ‘774 covers Cipla’s ‘Erlocip’, in that the latter infringes the former. The Single judge initially…

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Quixotic Courts: Tilting at the Citadel of Experts?


The debates on the merits or otherwise of specialised IP courts is a raging one. Imagine my delightful surprise when I chanced upon a piece penned more than 50 years ago! One of the most cutting critiques of specialist courts ever; penned in prose that is at once powerful and poetic! Old is certainly gold and it’s a pity that we don’t turn to history more often! Sample this: “Against the citadel of the expert, I tilt no quixotic lance.” What…

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The 3rd International Conference on MIPS: Papers Invited

Theme: IP for Development: The emerging Paradigm Where: National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai, INDIA. When: July 15-16, 2016.   The 3rd International Conference on Management of Intellectual Property and Strategy is being organised jointly by the Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay, India and the National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai, India. This conference has the overarching theme of IP for Development: The emerging paradigm that reflects the cross roads of IP management, research and strategy…

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SpicyIP Jobs: Research Fellows and Programme Officer at CIIPC‬, NLU Delhi


It gives us great pleasure to to announce two exciting new opportunities for scholars interested in Intellectual Property law: the Centre for Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition (‪#CIIPC‬) at NLU Delhi is looking for four Research Fellows and a Programme Officer. Three of the four Research Fellow positions are in areas of law, while the last is in the area of economics/statistics/econometrics. Qualifications Research Fellows: Candidates holding Graduate or Post Graduate or Doctoral Qualifications in Law/Economics/Statistics/Econometrics or allied areas of social sciences with…

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Procedures and Spice – Jagatjit Industries v. IPAB and Ors.


A majority of the case load of the Indian courts is, probably, made up of procedural cases, and most of these tend to be relatively straightforward. Yet, there are some cases that are heavily procedural and also simply ‘spicy’! The case at hand, Jagatjit Industries Ltd. v. the Intellectual Property Appellate Board and Ors., is one such case. The central issues in this case revolve around Form TM-44, the powers of the Registrar of Trademarks, and S. 125 of the Trademarks…

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Guest Post: Translating the Miracle of Marrakesh into Concrete Action – the Journey So Far


As recently announced, we have opened our 4th annual SpicyIP Fellowship series and are now accepting applications. [Click here to see how to apply]. Our first application this year comes from Rahul Bajaj, a very enterprising 4th year student from the University of Nagpur, where he looks at the current status of the Marrakesh Treaty. The Marrakesh Treaty adopted back in July, 2013 by 64 countries, and at the time hailed as a significant step towards increasing accessibility for the print-disabled, has…

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SpicyIP Weekly Review ( 17th January – 23rd January)

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Our SpicyIP Highlight of the Week was definitely Balaji’s post breaking the news of the IPO’s rejection of Lee Pharma’s application for a Compulsory License against AstraZeneca’s patent for the anti-diabetic drug Saxagliptin (see here). He notes that the rejection signals the end of the third compulsory license application in India, after Natco v. Bayer and BDR v. BMS. He goes on to discuss the details of the order in his next post. Next, Shruthi announced the commencement of the…

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